Rangers vs Pirates Prediction - MLB Picks 5/22/23

Pittsburgh Pirates (24-22) vs Texas Rangers (29-17)

Game Info: Monday, May 22, 2023 at 6:35 pm (PNC Park)

Luis Ortiz (0-2) (5.62) vs Dane Dunning (4-0) (1.69)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates +115 / Texas Rangers -133 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Pittsburgh Pirates will host the Texas Rangers for game one of their interleague set this Monday from PNC Park.

Rangers Betting Preview

Texas moved to 29-17 after sweeping Colorado. The Rangers punished the Rockies all weekend, outscoring them 31-10 in those three contests, and they’ll look to replicate that effort in Pittsburgh. The Texas offense is scoring 4.37 runs per game, while batting .266, with a .337 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.87 ERA, with a 1.18 WHIP. Jonah Heim has a hit in nine of the last ten games, he leads Texas in batting (.299). Marcus Semien recorded three RBI in the series finale with Colorado, and he leads the team in hits (55) and runs (41). Adonis Garcia has multiple RBI in five of the last seven, and he’s first on the team in HR (14) and RBI (49). 

Dane Dunning (4-0, 1.69 ERA, 23 Ks) will get the ball for Texas. The fourth-year pitcher is having a really good season splitting reps between the bullpen and rotation thus far. Dunning put together his second straight quality start versus Atlanta last week, holding them to just one run in six innings of work. Dunning has been reliable and versatile for the Rangers, and he’s yet to allow more than two  runs through eleven appearances.

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Pirates Betting Preview

Pittsburgh comes in 24-22 after dropping two of three to Arizona. The Pirates defeated three teams last week, but they also lost three games, and they’ll seek more consistency this week. The Pittsburgh offense is scoring 3.95 runs per game, while batting .258, with a .334 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.56 ERA, with a 1.29 WHIP. Bryan Reynolds produced four runs in the game one win over Arizona, and he leads the Pirates in BA (.289) and RBI (27). Andrew McCutchen has a hit in seven of the last nine games, and he leads the Bucs in home runs (7), with 19 RBI.  

Luis Ortiz (0-2, 5.63 ERA, 4 Ks) will begin the game for Pittsburgh. The first-year pitcher has found trouble through his pair of appearances, accounting for ten runs allowed through eight innings in two starts against Colorado and Detroit. 

Texas vs Pittsburgh Trends

Texas is 21-23 against the spread this season, with a 19-24-1  O/U record. Pittsburgh is 27-19 ATS this year, with a 25-18-3 over/under record.

Corey’s Free Pick

Texas comes into this series scorching at the plate, and it’s going to be hard to ignore their momentum here, especially with an inexperienced Luis Ortiz set to open for the Pirates. Tack on Pittsburgh’s inconsistency, and the Rangers sending Dane Dunning to the mound, and this feels like a spot the visitors will take. Trust Texas to win their fourth straight here Monday.

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